Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Will A Battery Lose Its Charge Sitting In Storage?



- Depending on the type of battery and temperature, batteries have a natural self-discharge or internal   electrochemical "leakage" at a 1% to 25% rate per month.
- Higher temperatures accelerate this process. A battery stored at 95° F (35° C) will self-discharge twice as fast than one stored at 75°
- Over time the battery will become sulfated and fully discharged.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

On Really Cold Days Turn Your Headlights On To "Warm Up" The Battery Bef...


On really cold days turn your headlights on to "warm up" the battery before starting your engine.

- While there is no doubt that turning on your headlights will increase the current flow in a car battery, it also consumes valuable capacity that could be used to start the cold engine.
- Externally powered battery warmers or blankets and engine block heaters are highly recommended if the vehicle cannot be parked in a heated garage.
- AGM and Ni-Cad batteries will perform better than other types of wet lead-acid batteries in extremely cold temperatures.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Is UTQG Rating Directly Related To Milage?


Is it true that the Uniform Tire Quality Grade (UTQG) rating is directly related to mileage for all tire manufacturers?

- The treadwear or mileage portion of UTQG is an indicator within that brand of tires.
- It's not a good indicator between brands of tires because of the broad interpretation of the standard.

Will A Battery Lose Its Charge Sitting In Storage?


A larger capacity battery will damage car

- A starter motor will only draw a fixed amount of current from the battery, based on the resistance of its load.
- A larger current capacity battery supplies only what is required. It will not damage your vehicle.
- Using batteries with higher or lower voltage or too tall can damage your vehicle.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

My New Car Makes Sure My Tires Are Adequately Inflated Using TPMS


 When replacing only two tires, the new ones go on the front.

Retreaded tires can be used on steer axles, EXCEPT on passenger buses.
- In some applications, retreaded tires are a substantial cost- and energy-saving
- Alternative to new tire steer tires without any loss of performance or safety.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

My Old Battery Lasted Less Than 18 Months, Is This Normal For A Battery?


My old battery lasted less than 18 months, is this normal for a battery?

- Batteries disintegrate over time, this is due to the acid slowly decaying the components within the battery. 
- How long a battery last depends on a number of factors including, the initial construction of the battery, the climate in which the vehicle is operated, how often the vehicle is used and if the battery and vehicle have been maintained.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

A soft brake pedal is the result of pad fade

A soft brake pedal is the result of pad fade


- This is caused by overheated brake fluid, not overheated pads. Repeated heavy use of the brakes may lead to "brake fade". There are two distinct varieties of brake fade
- A) When the temperature at the interface between the pad and the rotor exceeds its thermal capacity, its first indication is a distinctive and unpleasant smell."
- B) When the fluid boils in the calipers air bubbles are formed. Since air is compressible, the brake pedal becomes soft and "mushy" and pedal travel increases. This is a gradual process with lots of warning.

After S Jump-Start, Your Car Will Soon Recharge The Battery.


After a jump-start, your car will soon recharge the battery.

- It could take hours of driving to restore a battery's full charge, especially in the winter.
- That's because power accessories, such as heated seats, draw so much electricity that in some cars the alternator has little left over to recharge a run-down battery.
- A "load test" at a service station can determine whether the battery can still hold a charge. 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Do Original Equipment Provide Optimum Performance?


Do Original Equipment Provide Optimum Performance?
- No, thats not true. Many vehicles will perform better with tires and rims that are different than what was installed originally on the vehicle.
- For example, a BMW comes with 18" rims/tires, but it will perform better in snow with 16" or 17" tires and rims with the same tire height.- Better still, the smaller set up, known technically as minus sizing, will save you money.